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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 12 February 2020, by , 0 Comments

"The Day It Rained"
Written and illustrated by Dr. Yemonja Smalls
Book Reading & Signing: March 14, 2-4 PM (1st floor Gallery)

I introduce “The Day It Rained,” a story that peeks at Alzheimer ’s disease through the eyes of a little girl, whose disappointment is dissolved through an unexpected time she shares with her grandmother.  This is a love offering, rendered to present a unique interactive opportunity for open communication with children about what it means to continue to love someone who has dementia. My own experiences with my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s Disease before she made her transition, taught me how to let go, and love differently, and enjoy the unplanned and unscripted moments when I needed to adjust to her journey with Alzheimer’s.

Come hear the story read by the talented 5 year old Natalia! Signed copies of the book and prints of “Braidin” from the book will be available for purchase. Conversation and a fun interactive activity for the group too, you won’t want to miss it! Some of my original art from the book will be displayed.

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Posted in acrylic paintings, afrofuturism, black history month, Caton Merchant Family Gallery, mixed media, Visual Arts, on 7 January 2020, by , 0 Comments

Emerging Maryland Artist to Present Mixed Media Exhibit “It’s Complicated” at Center for the Arts

Exhibit Dates: February 7-March 27, 2020

Meet the Artist Reception: Saturday, February 8, 6-8 pm
(Hosted by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.)

The Center for the Arts is pleased to present “It’s Complicated”, featuring emerging Baltimore artist Dr. Yemonja Smalls.

It’s ComplicatedAn Investigation into the Complexities of Relationships
When used to define the relationship, the uttered words, “it’s complicated” suggest hidden or unexplained snags, trickiness or entanglement that blur the beauty of the bond. In her first east coast solo show, Yemonja selects and assembles mixed media to convey the complexities that color relationships. In this investigative show, she explores both a metaphorical and literal process of breaking, tearing, hiding, layering and cementing to yield insight into what creates and maintains unions.

Through deconstructed and re-assembled materials, Yemonja presents multifaceted layers of said connections with precision. The chemistry of colors combined are held together, and even in fracture, everything remains whole.  She presents reflections of life/death, self-love, soul-ties, and work-life balance, to name a few, for viewer dialogue.

About the Artist:

Dr. Yemonja Smalls is an artist with very little formal artistic training.  Originally from Hershey, PA, but a recent Chicago, IL to Baltimore, MD transplant, she works in the Maryland Department of Health’s Developmental Disabilities Administration.

Yemonja completed her pre-doctoral internship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and received her doctorate from Louisiana State University in clinical psychology. She is expanding her clinical skills with a master’s degree in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has interned at sites supporting adults with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as African American teenage girls who experienced life trauma, and family caregivers who may be subject to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout.

Yemonja’s creations in various mediums have been exhibited in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, on the set of the famous Fox Hit TV show “Empire”, Harold Washington Library, South Side Community Art Center, Gallery Guichard, Howard University, Hill Center Galleries, the Sojourner Family Peace Center among others, and reside in various private collections across the nation.


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